ZAK DOWNTOWN “HIATUS” Feat. CASEY VEGGIES

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New York rapper Zak Downtown drops a brand new​ Casey Veggies featured single for “Hiatus”, off his debut album ​set to be released February​ 2015.
​The track is produced by ​Cash Jordan and the upcoming video, directed by ​Charlie Zwick during Zak’s last Cali trip!
Growing up in Lower Manhattan, Zak is influenced by the 24/7 grind that is trying to make it in the city. Casey Veggies brings a little West Coast flavor to this brand new hit!
Zak is a force to be reckoned with! He has previously collaborated with Murda Mook and his free mixtapes have been a collection of remixed electronic tunes by the likes of Baauer, TNGHT, and Flume. “Hiatus” is in keeping with the club-friendly vibe that Zak Downtown is known for. He has already created for himself enough buzz with this new effort that points to success on the horizon. About the making of “Hiatus,” Zak Downtown says:
“My manager is friendly with Casey’s people’s so we just sent him some of the stuff we’ve been working on. It just happened organically after that.”

“By creating his own blend of New York style, electric vibes, and hip hop, Zak Downtown is redefining what it means to be a hip hop artist”- Vibe Magazine

“[Zak Downtown] is ready to do it bigger than ever in the new year.”- DJ Booth

Zak Downtown is also getting ready for his New Year’s Eve performance at the ​Dream Hotel in NYC!​

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Mixtape: Anwar Bryce “Audio Euthanasia”

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About Mixtape: The talented emcee Anwar Bryce (@Anwar_Music) just dropped a new mixtape on us, “Audio Euthanasia“. You can hear his passion for his music and hunger for success throughout the tape. It has been receiving a great response since it’s premiere on DMVLIFE.com. Check out the mixtape and be on the lookout for more big things from him in the near future.

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Mark Wahlberg Victim Says He Shouldn’t Be Pardoned

Mark Wahlberg did some bad stuff when he was a kid, but at 43, he’s more than made up for it as a philanthropist and a role model for others. Right?

As the actor and producer petitions Massachusetts to pardon him for a hate crime he committed when he was 16, back in 1988, one of his victims says the answer to that question is no.

“I don’t think he should get a pardon,” Kristyn Atwood told the Associated Press. “I don’t really care who he is. It doesn’t make him any exception. If you’re a racist, you’re always going to be a racist. And for him to want to erase it, I just think it’s wrong.”

Wahlberg attacked Atwood and other then-fourth grade students who were on a class trip to the beach in 1986, more than a year before the crime he is seeking to wipe from his record, in Dorchester, Mass. The Boston-born Wahlberg — still several years away from his turn in Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch — joined his white friends in shouting “Kill the n-s!” and throwing rocks at the mostly black students until a nearby ambulance driver broke it up.

Atwood, now 38, still has a scar from the incident.

“It was a hate crime,” she said. “And that’s exactly what should be on his record forever.”

Atwood’s former teacher, Mary Belamonte, feels differently, though.

“I believe in forgiveness,” said Belamonte, who is white. “He was just a young kid — a punk — in the mean streets of Boston. He didn’t do it specifically because he was a bad kid. He was just a follower doing what the other kids were doing.” Still, Belamonte admitted that she was “really scared” during the attack. “My heart was beating fast,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it was happening. The names. The rocks. The kids chasing.”

The teenage Wahlberg was slapped with a civil rights injunction for his part in the crime. But he got into even more trouble a year later, when he was 16, and that is the crime for which he’s seeking a pardon. In that attack, a drug and alcohol-fueled Wahlberg knocked a man unconscious and punched another in the eye. That time, both victims were Vietnamese. Wahlberg again used racial slurs and again, it was determined to be a hate crime. Wahlberg was tried as an adult, and served 45 days in prison for the offense.

The Fighter star filed his petition Nov. 26. In it, he explained that he sought the pardon for many reasons, including the fact that he’s reformed himself with good works, such as the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, which has raised millions for youths.

“The easiest answer is that my past convictions still legally impact me to this day,” he wrote. “For example, my prior record can potentially be the basis to deny me a concessionaire’s license in California and elsewhere. If I were to receive a pardon, however, I generally could not be denied a concessionaire’s license on the basis of my prior record, an important consideration given my personal involvement in various restaurant ventures.”

Wahlberg noted his convictions also prohibit him from “actually obtaining positions in law enforcement,” although he’s become close with officers in both L.A. and Boston. He already serves on the board of directors of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Youth Foundation and wants the opportunity to become more active assisting at-risk individuals.

“The more complex answer is that receiving a pardon would be a formal recognition that I am not the same person that I was on the night of April 8, 1988…” he wrote. “My hope is that, if I receive a pardon, troubled youths will see this as an inspiration and motivation that they too can turn their lives around and be formally accepted back into society.”

The application is currently in front of the parole board.

FRENCH ARTIST/PRODUCER THE AVENER RELEASES THE AVENER EP TODAY

Buzzing French artist and producer THE AVENER has released his North American debut The Avener EP[Casablanca/Republic Records] today, available on all digital partners. Purchase HERE.

Preceding the EP’s release, his single “Fade Out Lines” has become an undeniable viral hit. The song has accrued over 10 million views on YouTube and 12 million plays on Spotify. Moreover, the track vaulted to the #1 spot on the iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart in 13 countries and landed in the Top 10 in 20 countries. It continues rising around the world too, gaining steam daily.

An interpretation of Phoebe Killdeer and The Short Straws’ “The Fade Out Line,” “Fade Out Lines” seamlessly interlocks starkly danceable deep house and enticingly engaging indie pop. It’s a unique and undeniable introduction to one of electronic music’s most fascinating and intriguing new talents. The EP also includes The Avener’s take on Rodriguez’s “Hate Street Dialogue”, Ane Brun’s “To Let Myself Go” and an original track “Panama.”

THE AVENER will be bringing his live show and debut album to the US later this year – stay tuned!

The Avener EP Tracklist:
1.    The Avener & Phoebe Killdeer – Fade Out Lines (The Avener Rework)
2.    The Avener ft. Rodriguez – Hate Street Dialogue
3.    The Avener – Panama
4.    The Avener ft. Ane Brun – To Let Myself Go

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Kim Fowley, Music Impresario and Runaways Manager, Dies at 75

Kim Fowley, the self-mythologizing musician-writer-producer who epitomized Hollywood music biz hucksterism in the ‘60s and ‘70s, died on January 15. He was 75.

A ubiquitous behind-the-scenes figure on the L.A. scene, the towering, skeletal Fowley was best known as Svengali, producer and promoter of the all-girl ‘70s rock act the Runaways.

“Kim was a real rocker,” says KROQ DJ and fellow Sunset Strip habitué Rodney Bingenheimer. “Knew everything and about any record from the label artist to the music publisher’s email and address. He believed in rock ‘n’ roll. A tough exterior, (but) many of us know he had a heart of gold while helping introduce many new artists and songwriters over 55 years.”

“Kim Fowley is a big loss to me,” says E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, who worked with Fowley on his satellite radio show, Underground Garage. “A good friend. One of a kind. He’d been everywhere, done everything, knew everybody. He was working in the Underground Garage until last week. We should all have as full a life.”

Though Fowley never registered any major hits in his own name – his 1969 Imperial album “Outrageous” barely grazed the charts at No. 198 – he had a hand in several ‘60s and ‘70s chart records. Consistently ahead of the curve as a talent scout, he was involved with artists like Warren Zevon and Cat Stevens early in their careers.

Blessed with a genius for self-promotion, with a sharp tongue and gift of gab that magnetized writers, Fowley styled himself, in English writer Barney Hoskyns’ words, as “the ultimate Hollywood pop hustler.”

Born in L.A. on July 21, 1939, Fowley was the son of Douglas Fowley, a familiar second-tier leading man and heavy in film and TV. He attended West L.A.’s University High, where his classmates included surf duo Jan & Dean and future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston.

While still in his teens, he made his mark on Hollywood’s pop assembly line. He co-produced the No. 1 1960 hit “Alley Oop,” a comic strip themed-novelty single by the studio group the Hollywood Argyles. He went on to write B. Bumble and the Stingers’ Tchaikovsky-flavored instrumental “Nut Rocker” (No. 23, 1962) and the Murmaids’ chirping “Popsicles and Icicles” (No. 3, 1963).

In the mid-‘60s, Fowley relocated to London, where he penned the B side of troubadour Cat Stevens’ debut single and produced Them Belfast Gypsies, a spin-off the Van Morrison-fronted band Them.

MySpace Attracts 51m Users a Month, Thanks to ‘Throwback Thursday’

Don’t call it a comeback — call it a throwback. MySpace, the social-networking site so beloved in the early-aughts, now reaches 50.6 million unique users each month. That’s largely due to former MySpacers logging into their accounts to retrieve old-school photos to post on Facebook and Instagram for “Throwback Thursdays,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

Each Thursday, hordes of users of MySpace’s modern social-media counterparts post retro photos using the hashtag #TBT. “MySpace was an early photo-sharing platform,” Tim Vanderhook, the CEO of Viant, which owns MySpace’s parent company, explained to the Journal. “So we still see a lot of people coming back to access old photos. They may not visit every day, but they come back once a week or once a month.” If you never deleted your MySpace account and can remember your old password, you too can dig up photos of you rocking bad hair, big braces and whitewashed denim. Just try to avoid looking at all of those *~sOnG lYrIcS~* and angsty blog posts.

Dustin Diamond ordered to stand trial for allegedly stabbing man

In a hearing on Monday, a judge ordered Dustin Diamond to stand trial for an altercation that occurred on Dec. 25, 2014, which resulted in the stabbing of another man in a bar in Wisconsin.

Diamond’s charges include second-degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct, and carrying a concealed weapon. According to the Associated Press, Diamond said that he accidentally stabbed a man during an altercation that involved his fiancee, Amanda Schutz. Schutz told police that the altercation began when she shoved a woman who was antagonizing and photographing her and Diamond at The Grand Avenue Saloon. Diamond said he became physically involved when two men held Schutz off by the hair.

Port Washington police officer Ryan Hurda testified during the hearing and said Diamond confronted one man, but video surveillance and the man’s brother did not witness the actual stabbing. Hurda did note that Diamond was seen in surveillance holding the alleged weapon in his hand. The Ozaukee County judge ruled that there was enough evidence to go to trial.

Defense attorney Thomas Alberti said that no one witnessed Diamond stab the man in the altercation. Diamond is currently free on $10,000 bail.

Religious circumcision ritual leaves another Jewish baby with herpes

Another newborn boy has contracted herpes after a controversial Jewish circumcision ritual — the fourth case this year and the 17th since 2000, city health officials said Wednesday.

The baby was rushed to the hospital 12 days after undergoing the ancient ritual, known as metzitzah b’peh, which involves cleaning the circumcision wound by oral suction.

The unidentified boy has recovered, but two of the other infected infants since 2000 died, and at least two suffered brain damage.

The oral suction ritual is practiced by a small number of ultra-Orthodox Jews. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that it is performed 3,600 times a year in New York city.

Some Orthodox rabbis contend there’s no medical proof that babies can became sick due to the circumcisions.

In the latest case, however, the Health Department said the newborn’s symptoms, the timing of the herpes outbreak and laboratory confirmation of the herpes simplex type 1 virus “are consistent” with transmission as a result of the oral suction procedure.

The new case was first reported by Capital New York.

In 2012, under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the city enacted a regulation requiring that anyone who performs the ritual obtain a signed consent form from parents acknowledging the potential health risks.

But the regulation is nearly impossible to enforce and it is often ignored.

In the latest case, it was not immediately clear whether the person who conducted the circumcision obtained a signed consent form.

As a candidate, Bill de Blasio voiced dissatisfaction with the 2012 regulation.

He vowed to “change the policy and find a way to protect all the children but also respect religious tradition … and come in Day 1 to City Hall with a new policy that is fair.”

Some ultra-Orthodox Jews took de Blasio’s remarks as a sign that he was sympathetic to their concerns the regulation was an unnecessary intrusion.

A year has passed since he took office, but de Blasio has not yet come up with a new policy.

Jamie Lynn pulled a KNIFE in sandwich shop fight

Video has emerged of the moment Jamie Lynn Spears pulled a knife during a sandwich shop fight in Louisiana.

Britney Spears’ younger sister, who is a former Nickelodeon star, is seeing brandishing a seven inch bread knife in CCTV footage captured during the showdown, which happened last month.

The 23-year-old is seen grabbing it from a kitchen counter top after her friend got caught in the middle of a brawl at the Pita Pit in Hammond, Louisiana.

Jamie Lynn can be seen pulling her pal out of the fight, before finding the serrated knife and pointing it at patrons.

Footage shows the Zoey 101 star and mother-of-one marching behind the kitchen counter and picking up the knife, as one of the restaurant employees looks on.

Jamie Lynn appears to be shouting as she holds the instrument aloft, and quickly succeeds in stopping the fight.

Jamie Lynn can be seen pulling her pal out of the fight, before finding the serrated knife and pointing it at patrons.

Footage shows the Zoey 101 star and mother-of-one marching behind the kitchen counter and picking up the knife, as one of the restaurant employees looks on.

Jamie Lynn appears to be shouting as she holds the instrument aloft, and quickly succeeds in stopping the fight.

Caught on camera: The sister of Britney is seen holding the knife aloft as she appears to shout at the patrons who are fighting

Caught on camera: The sister of Britney is seen holding the knife aloft as she appears to shout at the patrons who are fighting

Break it up: Jamie Lynn is said to have whisked her friend to safety before marching to the kitchen, where she found the knife and ordered the people brawling to stop

Break it up: Jamie Lynn is said to have whisked her friend to safety before marching to the kitchen, where she found the knife and ordered the people brawling to stop

TMZ reports that the incident occurred when Jamie Lynn was visiting the health food wrap chain for a late night snack and her female companion was allegedly hit with a bottle.

The shop employee was seen on the phone, presumably calling the police, as the diminutive star waved the knife around.

TMZ claims that when officers arrived, Jamie Lynn’s friend did not want to press charges, so no arrests were made.

Calling the police: The 23-year-old can be seen telling a sandwich shop employee her plans, as he appears to telephone authorities

Calling the police: The 23-year-old can be seen telling a sandwich shop employee her plans, as he appears to telephone authorities

Not wasting any time: Jamie Lynn quickly made her way into the kitchen after seeing the brawl

Not wasting any time: Jamie Lynn quickly made her way into the kitchen after seeing the brawl

Hours before the fight, the mother-of-one shared a picture of her and a friend posing on their low-key night out.

Jamie Lynn, who was was dressed down in a denim jacket and a patterned scarf, captioned the shot, ‘Happy Birthday @brandiblair22 !!! #nofilter’.

The star returned to the spotlight this year after taking time out to raise her daughter.

Casual night out: The actress-turned-singer's low-key evening took a dramatic turn when her friend was allegedly hit with a bottle

Casual night out: The actress-turned-singer’s low-key evening took a dramatic turn when her friend was allegedly hit with a bottle

Her little princess: Jamie Lynn shared a photo with six-year-old daughter Maddie on New Year's Eve

Her little princess: Jamie Lynn shared a photo with six-year-old daughter Maddie on New Year’s Eve

MIKE HUCKABEE CALLS JAY Z A “PIMP” WHO “EXPLOITS” WIFE BEYONCE

Possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will soon be dropping his new book, “God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy,” and released a few excerpts to Amazon.com, one of which examines Jay Z and wife Beyonce’s relationship, or more specifically, Huckabee’s belief that Jay Z is exploiting his wife’s beauty and sex appeal for big bucks.

The passage pointedly critiques Beyonce’s sexy “Drunk In Love” performance that opened last year’s Grammy Awards featuring her husband, a performance the Fox News pundit compared to “foreplay.”

“My reaction: Why? Beyonce is incredibly talented –- gifted, in fact. She has an exceptional set of pipes and can actually sing. She is a terrific dancer –- without the explicit moves best left for the privacy of her bedroom. Jay Z is a very shrewd businessman, but I wonder: Does it occur to him that he is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp by exploiting his wife as a sex object?”